Path of the puma The remarkable resilience of the mountain lion

James S. 1961- Williams

Book - 2018

During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion -- also known as a puma, a cougar, and by many other names - has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. What makes this cat, the fourth carnivore in the food chain -- just ahead of humans - so resilient and resourceful? And what can conservationists and wild life managers learn from them about the web of biodiversity that is in desperate n...eed of protection? Their story is fascinating for the lessons it can afford the protection of all species in times of dire challenge and decline. --

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Published
Ventura, CA : Patagonia [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Color maps also on endpapers.
Physical Description
311 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781938340727
1938340728
Main Author
James S. 1961- Williams (author)
Other Authors
Joe Glickman (author)
  • The chase
  • Finding the wild
  • The front
  • Gene flow: cats on the move
  • Connectivity benefits bighorns and big cats
  • The crown of the continent
  • Following fragmentation
  • Locals only
  • Suburban lions
  • Down south, way down south
  • Austral wild
  • Altered Andean landscapes
  • Ranching for wildlife
  • Pumas below Aconcagua
  • Pumas and penguins
  • Kodkods and other South American cats
  • Rewilding Patagonia
  • The Carretera Austral
  • Arcilio the puma tracker
  • A trophic cascade in Patagonia
  • Conserving cats in both hemispheres
  • Epilogue
  • What you can do
  • When pumas meet people.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Williams (biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) chronicles how the mountain lion has adapted throughout time, focusing on animals in North and South America, and how their role in the ecosystem is in constant flux. Williams performs field research and reaches out to local farmers and hunters to help them gain a better understanding of the cats and how to live with them in a sustainable way. Other than loosely following the author's career, the organization of the book is difficult to grasp. Too many unnecessary words throughout the narrative might also deter readers. But the beautiful photographs and calls to action are inspiring. Following the epilog, a section "What You Can Do" provides a list of organizations, links, and ideas to get started. Readers interested in conservation efforts, or at least open to discussions, will appreciate this book. Although Williams is a hunter, he kindly describes those who disagree with him. VERDICT For those open to learning more about conservation—and acting on that knowledge.—Elissa Cooper, Helen Plum Memorial Lib., Lombard, IL Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this thoroughly researched and deeply felt ode to the puma—otherwise known as the mountain lion and the cougar—Williams, a wildlife biologist in Montana, shares his expertise and passion for these majestic creatures. Williams has worked closely with pumas, fitting them with radio collars and installing wildlife cameras in their caves. He's also examined others' research on the species, such as analysis of their DNA to uncover their relation to other cats and chart their historic migrations. His passion for these big cats is unquestionable, as he amusingly shares his transition from working in a low-rent Fort Lauderdale marine park after graduating from college, to seeing a Discovery Channel special about pumas that converted him into a lifelong devotee of the species. Williams writes movingly of the challenges these animals face, many due to human encroachment on their habitats. He makes a strong case for the necessity of preserving—or at least peacefully coexisting with—the puma. He also includes stunning photographs that allow readers to see these majestic creatures in the wild. Written in accurate yet easy-to-understand scientific language, Williams's heartfelt and comprehensive offering will appeal not only to wildlife biologists, but to nature lovers everywhere. (Oct.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

“These cats are like emissaries from the raw landscapes out West, probing the rest of the nation, showing us where patches of wildness remain, and bring a fuller dimension of wildness to them. It’s as if they’re testing to find out just what folks have in mind when they say they want to preserve natural settings. How natural? How toothy?” -- From the Foreword

During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion -- also known as a puma, a cougar, and by many other names – has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. What makes this cat, the fourth carnivore in the food chain -- just ahead of humans – so resilient and resourceful? And what can conservationists and wild life managers learn from them about the web of biodiversity that is in desperate need of protection? Their story is fascinating for the lessons it can afford the protection of all species in times of dire challenge and decline.

With hands-on experience in both the Rocky Mountains and the wilds of Patagonia in South America, wildlife manager Jim Williams tracks the path of the puma, and in doing so, challenges readers to consider humans’ role in this journey as well as what commitment to nature and conservation means in this day and age.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An Expert's View of the Big Cat's Fight to Find Its Wild